John Chalkias, shown here with wife Susan, will sign copies of his new book on Thursday, March 7 in Abbotsford. (Submitted photo)

Author writes book to inspire people to rise above poverty

John Chalkias holds book signing on Thursday, March 7 in Abbotsford

A Fraser Valley man who has been instrumental in saving the lives of hundreds of children in Africa and Asia has now written a book to inspire people throughout the world to rise above poverty.

John Chalkias will sign copies of his new book, You Too Can Have an Amazing Life, on Thursday, March 7, starting at 7 p.m. at the House of James (2743 Emerson St.) in Abbotsford.

John and his wife Susan have worked for decades to establish orphanages which rescue unwanted children, many of them afflicted with AIDS.

By giving them love, good nutrition, healthy care and newly developed medications, the couple have seen their work transition from watching children die in their arms to the joy of seeing others now reaching adulthood.

John and Susan started their married life in Mission, established an office in Abbotsford and now live in Chilliwack, when they aren’t on site in Africa or Asia.

You Too can Have an Amazing Life aims to inspire people to change their minds and change their behaviours by moving from a mindset of poverty to one of possibilities.

He wants them to let go of the past so they will not always think of themselves as victims.

John uses as example several cases where he has helped orphans go on to university, and local staff who have gone on to own their own homes and rise to the middle class.

This is John’s third book and in it he provides 15 guiding principles that he says work for all time for all people.

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You Too Can Have an Amazing Life is the title of the latest book by John Chalkias.

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